Letters to the editor
Dear Editor,During a recent city council discussion to determine how much more taxes to ask the people of Glenwood Springs to approve, Councilman Joe O’Donnell said the city has no choice but to seek a significant tax increase to deal with the financial problems the council has inherited. It is true that the past city manager and councilmembers were completely irresponsible in the financial decisions that they made. But the present administration and council are following in the same direction, or maybe even worse.Six years ago, a period that covers both the previous and the present council and administration, the debt payments due were $11.8 million. Today the total debt payments due are now $40.5 million. An increase of 3.48 times greater debt than just six years ago. Six years ago the total sales tax collected was $8.4 million, and it would have taken just 1.4 years of the total sales taxes to eliminate the total debt payments due. Now in 2004 the total sales tax collected was $10.1 million, only 20 percent greater than six years ago, and it will take more than four years of the total sales taxes to eliminate the total debt payments due.Yet the council is intent on increasing the total debt payments by more than 50 percent. This will significantly increase the annual amount of our sales taxes that are committed to the debt payment schedule making the financial condition even worse.Stan StevensGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor,This letter is in response to the story in the Saturday, July 2, Post Independent concerning the county and Re-1 considering a library partnership. While the story says the cost would be too high for the GarCo budget now, I would urge the commissioners to drop the idea for the future as well. The two libraries serve different purposes and different segments of the population. Libraries are supposed to be accessible to everyone, yet I would not feel comfortable having the general public in the building when the students are there. That, to me, is a matter of security, and anyone who is in the building for less-than-honorable purposes will not be deterred by any form of security. And what about story hour, and other children’s programs? How user-friendly would the library be to high school students who are attempting to do research while a juggler is performing for children, and the general public is going in and out?The public library is currently in a location where it is easily accessible. It is the right size to be user-friendly, with additional space in the basement when needed, and there is lots of close parking. Putting it in the high school will only isolate it from the community. Leaving it where it is keeps it as a center of activity and provides for more use by more people.These are two separate entities. Please continue to keep them separate. Joan IsenbergGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor,Recently, while floating through Ruby Horsethief canyon, we drifted along a steep wall.My brother said, “Look up.” About 20 feet above our head sat a perfect white-necked bald eagle ruffling its feathers. It looked so majestic, I thought to myself, “I’m very proud that it is protected as one of our national symbols.”Later that evening while setting up camp I found a small American flag that I had earlier stowed in my dry box and forgot about. This other national symbol now filled my mind with all its rich history. My father (now deceased) was a Pearl Harbor attack survivor who was at Wheeler Field on Dec. 7, 1941. He and his fellow soldiers tried in vain to get the broken machine guns working while the Japanese dropped bombs on them and ruthlessly targeted every man they could see with machine gun fire. Imagine what it felt like to check through the bodies after that attack for other survivors among the massacred. Today we watch our young people fulfill their call to patriotic duty. They risk life and limb on a daily basis and try to bring democracy and a state of stability to foreign lands that have been victims of tyranny and repression for years.The next morning I packed that small American flag along with my family on that raft and we floated on down that beautiful canyon on the mighty Colorado. I looked for the bald eagle again but did not see him. He must be free flying somewhere else on the river. Perhaps just like that eagle, my small little flag should be protected, too. What is that saying? “Freedom isn’t free.”Joe Mollica Glenwood Springs
Dear Editor,Pay attention, Bureau of Land Management officials, Glenwood residents and city council members.On June 30, Buzz Cooper had a letter along with a picture explaining the danger of another fire in South Canyon. It could be imminent danger for our area again.My family owns property in South Canyon, and we had just left the area at 11:30 a.m. when the fire broke out three years ago. There was no fire along the road at that time. We were among the less fortunate living on Four Mile Road and other areas who had to be evacuated. It was very stressful for everyone.We all need to work together to see that those who could seal this crack get the message and do something about it. Get their attention. All of you send letters to the editor about this problem. Cecilia HadleyGlenwood Springs
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